Versatile Michael Paterson says Sale Sharks face uphill task against ‘improving’ Worcester in LV Cup

By Alan Ross

Michael Paterson believes that the Sale are in for a challenge at the weekend as an ever improving Worcester team face the Sharks for a fourth time this season.

Both sides have selected inexperienced squads for the LV Cup game as Sale look to rotate players while Worcester battle to stave off relegation in the Premiership.

The visitors won their second game of the season last weekend and the New Zealand-born flanker is wary of the Warriors.

“We are playing them for the fourth time and they are always improving, they have had a tough run and will be out to get a win,” he told MM

“It is not going to be easy for the boys they will have to be switched on mentally and up for it physically to do a job as you always have to be when you cross the line.”

Paterson, 28, has earned rave reviews for his performances in a Sharks’ shirt since he joined the club from Cardiff in the summer and is savouring his time in the North West.

“I am thoroughly enjoying it and consistent game time helps so I can’t really get enough of it,” he continued.

“Getting results away and at home is obviously pleasing as well.”

The former Hurricanes player has been deployed in both at second row as well as his more traditional slot in the back row and maintains that he is just happy playing, regardless of position.

“I am not too fussed really, it is probably only the set piece and the scrums where I am playing in a different position to that I am usually playing,” the Christchurch-born man explained.

“On the field I try to act as a back row forward but I am in the mixer at the line outs where anyone can stand anywhere. No difference in that respect.”

Image courtesy of Sale Sharks via YouTube, with thanks.

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